Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump administration desperate to hide new CIA appointee’s history with ‘black site’ prisons and torture

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s administration is fighting the CIA’s new deputy director Gina Haspel from giving a deposition about her role in the agency’s most severe methods of torture.

Haspel was deposed by James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, who both made millions crafting the CIA’s torture program, The Intercept reported Friday. The ACLU is suing the two men on behalf of three former detainees held in 2002. Haspel is being asked whether the CIA authorized the actions and to provide documents about the matter.

ADVERTISEMENT

Haspel previously owned the international prison in Thailand in 2002 where the CIA’s first prisoner interrogations took place after the 9/11 attacks. She then helped cover up the abuse of detainees, destroying 92 videotapes of the interrogations. At the time, the U.S. Senate had told her not to.

She’s not directly mentioned by name in the Senate’s torture report but what happened to those in her prison is. One man was waterboarded until he was “completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.” The interrogation was heralded by Mitchell and Jessen as the example to follow.

The government claimed having Haspel testify would reveal “state secrets” and that her involvement couldn’t be confirmed or denied. The ACLU isn’t even seeking to have Haspel answer questions because they believe it doesn’t hold any bearing on the two men on trial.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama also tried to use the “secrets privilege” to block lawsuits for torture.

ADVERTISEMENT

As of today, no survivor of torture at the hands of the United States has been given any compensation for their treatment.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

Published

on

A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

AT&T pressured employees to set up phony DirecTV Now accounts ahead of Time Warner merger: suit

Published

on

A new lawsuit accuses AT&T of pressuring employees to set up phony DirecTV Now accounts to boost subscription numbers ahead of a $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

The suit filed by a group of investors claims AT&T knowingly told shareholders that DirectTV Now was growing, when subscribers were actually leaving the platform, reported Markets Insider.

"Employees were taught and actively encouraged to convert activation fees that customers traditionally had to pay to upgrade their phones into DirecTV Now subscriptions by waiving the fee," the lawsuit claims.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Internet slams ex-Trump aide for bragging he’ll be loyal to the president when he testifies before Congress

Published

on

On Tuesday, ahead of his public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took to Twitter to effectively boast that he will parrot the president's talking points and offer nothing new to House Democrats — and tease an upcoming run for Senate in 2020:

Excited about the opportunity to remind the American people today there was no collusion no obstruction. There were lots of angry Democrats who tried to take down a duly elected President. Tune in. #Senate2020.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image